Capitals Power Ranking Roundup: Week 7

Our weekly temperature-taking of the mainstream media's opinions on the Washington Capitals:

Outlet This Week Last Week What They're Saying
3 2
Ten goals against the past two games is a concern.
3 4 Caps are the league's best home team and equaling the pace they set last year en route to the Presidents' Trophy.
2 4 Got to say I’m pretty pumped for the 24/7 Road to the Winter Classic series on HBO after watching Mike Knuble talk about the 200 stitches he’s had administered to his face during his NHL career.
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Pending.
3 2 Poor goaltending, sloppy play with the puck, failing to shut teams down at crunch time ... the  Caps already are in playoff mode.
3 5 The Caps looked better against the Flyers after a soft outing in Atlanta the previous night. Just one regulation loss in their past 11 games. Both Alexes (Ovechkin and Semin) are hot right now.
2 3 The high-scoring Capitals picked up three of a possible six points last week. Jason Chimera was a big part of Washington's success in Week 7, posting four points off one goal and three assists.
2 3 Alexander Semin on pace for career offensive season in contract year. What a surprise!
  4 5 Capitals are 6-2-2 in their last 10 but are losing some games they shouldn't.
1 - Craig Custance goes on the record - and goes on video.  Those were the days my friend.
- 1
Pending.
1 1 This team is not hitting on all cylinders yet and goaltending remains an issue, but it sure can score goals.
4 4 Is Alexander Ovechkin hurt? In the last five games, he has 12 shots on goal, his lowest five-game total since a five-game stretch in February 2007 (also 12 shots) and he hasn't had a five-game span in his entire career with fewer than 12 shots on goal.
Key Injuries: G Semyon Varlamov (groin), Tom Poti (lower body).
- 2 Pending.
- 1 Biweekly listing.  Update next week.

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